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The Top 10 Campaign Ads Of 2010

We at The Hotline saw virtually every political ad this cycle and by Election Day most of them just blended together.

A few, however, stood out - in a good way - and it was usually when the ad did something unexpected. So, from lumberjacks to boxing bags to firing ranges, here are The Hotline's Top 10 Ads of 2010.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 12:32pm

Poll: Obama Re-Election Prospects Cloudy

While it is still early, Pres. Obama looks to be facing a challenging fight for re-election in 2012 as a near-majority of registered voters do not believe he deserves to be elected for another term, according a new Quinnipiac poll released Monday.

The Quinnipiac Poll found that 49 percent of respondents said Obama does not deserve to be re-elected while 43 percent say he does.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 10:08am

Starting Lineup: D-Day For Miller (Again)

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Joe Miller (R) gets another day in court; the Virginia GOP boosts George Allen(R) to run for his old Senate seat; Sarah Palin (R) goes shopping for office space in Iowa; Pete Hoekstra (R) considers a Senate run in Michigan and the latest results from the still outstanding House races.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:35am

Video: The Difference Between Sarah Palin and Shakespeare

Jimmy Fallon is still impersonating George W. Bush and Seth Meyers goes after the Oxford Dictionary for naming former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R) made up word "refudiate" the 2010 Word Of The Year: "Shakespeare crafted new words. Sarah Palin got into a word fender bender."

Jay Leno wishes Vice Pres. Joe Biden a happy birthday: "Pres. Obama got him a gag gift. Not a funny gift, it's an actual gag."

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:31am

Buerkle Builds Lead As Ballot Counting Nears End

The final county has counted its absentee ballots in Upstate New York, and it appears to have lifted Republican Ann Marie Buerkle (R) to a very narrow victory over Rep. Dan Maffei (D). The Syracuse Post-Standard says Buerkle now has a 567-vote lead.

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 4:26pm

What We Learned: Quit When You're Behind

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 3:20pm

Maffei Trails After Base Fails To Lift His Bid

Onondaga County absentee ballots gave Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) a boost, but it wasn't big enough to topple assistant Attorney General Ann Marie Buerkle (R), who elections officials estimate holds a 400-vote lead in the Upstate New York race.

Officials announced late Friday that Maffei gained 557 votes from the county, which was his base. But Buerkle was fortified by a more than 800-vote lead heading into that count, which was more than enough to withstand Maffei's surge there.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:39pm

Pelosi Taps Israel To Chair DCCC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tapped Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) to be the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 cycle when Democrats will look to regain seats after significant losses this year.

The move comes shortly after Pelosi was elected to be House Minority Leader in the next Congress.

In a statement, Pelosi praised Israel's ability to win districts in difficult territory.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:07pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

The new START treaty and NATO will be on tap this weekend as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff make the Sunday morning rounds. Clinton will appear on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation" and "FOX News Sunday." Mullen will appear on "This Week and "State of the Union." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will face Bob Schieffer on CBS to discuss the lame duck session in Congress. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), meanwhile, will appear on CSPAN's "Newsmakers."

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:12pm

Steele Defends Himself

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pushed back on his critics this week in a memo to RNC members that highlights the committee's accomplishments this cycle.

The memo, obtained by Hotline On Call, appears to be a direct response to the letter RNC political director Gentry Collins sent to Steele earlier this week announcing his resignation and roundly criticizing Steele's fundraising efforts.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 2:11pm